Breast Cancer Prevention

About 1 in 8 women in the U.S. get breast cancer.
More than 40,000 of them die each year.

What puts you at higher risk of breast cancer? 

  • Being female
  • Being middle aged or older (two-thirds of breast cancers occur in women 55 and older)
  • Having breast cancer, certain other cancers, or a noncancerous breast disease in the past
  • Having a close relative with breast cancer
  • Inherited mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes
  • Smoking any tobacco products
  • Obesity
  • Drinking an average of 3 or more alcoholic beverages per day
  • Dense breast tissue
  • Long-term or increased exposure to the hormone estrogen
  • Starting menstruation early or hitting menopause late
  • Exposure to radiation 

How can you lower your risk for developing breast cancer? 

  • Get at least 45 minutes of physical activity/exercise 5 days per week
  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables
  • Have your first child before the age of 30
  • Breastfeed your children
  • Don’t smoke (or quit smoking)
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Avoid or limit hormone replacement therapy
  • Limit medical imaging tests that use radiation 

How can you help ensure early detection for more effective treatment? 

  • Get to know the size, symmetry, and skin of your breasts and report any changes to your doctor right away
  • The American Cancer Society and other organizations recommend asking your doctor to teach you to perform breast self exams to feel for lumps; the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force and other groups advise against this, though
  • Talk to your doctor about your risk factors to decide how often you should get mammograms (once per year or once every two years are standard) 
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AdventHealth Cancer Institute

AdventHealth Cancer Institute

Largest cancer center in Central Florida, recognized worldwide for its comprehensive, state-of-the-art care and reputation as a destination cancer care facility.

Florida Breast Cancer Foundation

Florida Breast Cancer Foundation

Nonprofit, grassroots organization dedicated to ending breast cancer through advocacy, education, and research

Concerned Citizens to Combat Cancer

Concerned Citizens to Combat Cancer

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Compassionate Hands and Hearts

Compassionate Hands and Hearts

Supporting those needing help battling breast cancer by improving the quality of life for them and their families

Central Florida Black Nurses Association

Central Florida Black Nurses Association

Investigating, defining and implementing change in the minority community by utilizing their professional skills to motivate consumers to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Center for Multicultural Wellness & Prevention

Center for Multicultural Wellness & Prevention

501(c) 3 organization offering non-clinical, culturally and linguistically sensitive outreach services to diverse populations in Central Florida.

Cancer Alliance of Marion County

Cancer Alliance of Marion County

Communications network for cancer care professionals, patients, their families and survivors.

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Body Check Journal

Sells journals allowing children and adults to track subtle changes in their bodies.

American Cancer Society

American Cancer Society

A nationwide voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer.

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